The Philips Hue Festavia light series seems to be suitable for outdoor use. But why can’t it be official?
Is the Hue Vistavia weatherproof after all?
Last week I was at a Signify event invited, where the new Philips Hue Festavia smart light series was introduced. It is 20 meters long, equipped with 250 lights and can be used for Christmas trees or other holiday decorations. However, according to Signify, Festavia is for indoor use only, which raised some questions at the event. In the press kit, there were also a few photos of Festavia used outdoors, but these were later removed.
Labels on power supplies reveal interesting facts
Colleague Fabian from Hueblog I have already received a copy of Festavia and have taken a closer look at it. It turned out that according to the stickers on the power supply and controller, the string of lights can only be used indoors, but these stickers were later stuck. Below, the actual information appears, which confirms its suitability for external use.
Apparently, Signify just didn’t have time to offer it
If you look at the facts, the unpublished press materials and posters speak for themselves. Philips Hue Festavia appears to be suitable for outdoor use, but Signify hasn’t been able to officially communicate this due to time constraints. To take advantage of Christmas’s business, the IP certificate may have simply been skipped.
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